Scotiabank does Random Acts of Kindness for hundreds
More than 1,000 persons across the island experienced a random act of kindness from Scotiabank as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. These include free bus rides, Devon House ice cream treats, free groceries, vouchers for free gas, and free phone credit.
"It's a different take on our celebrations," said Monique Todd, vice-president of marketing, public and corporate affairs. "We wanted to celebrate this milestone with as many Jamaicans as possible and the best way to do that was through random acts of kindness."
The initiative began on August 24, the actual birthday of the bank, when customers at Devon House received $125,000 worth of ice cream and chocolates from Chocolate Dreams in a party atmosphere.
Similarly, more than 800 persons received free bus rides to their destinations from the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre. This was repeated in Montego Bay when some 400 persons had their fares paid by the bank to as far as Falmouth. Scotiabank also surprised grocery shoppers at supermarkets around the island, motorists got free gas at service stations, and customers in the branches got free cell-phone credit.
GraceKennedy Money Services provides children with scholarships
Some 100 children of migrant workers will this year receive scholarships, to the tune of J$1.35M, courtesy of GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), through its Western Union brand.
In a presentation ceremony recently held at the company's New Kingston office, the company presented scholarships to some of the recipients who are children of Jamaicans enrolled in the Migrant Worker Programme in the United States. Children of migrant workers in Canada will receive their scholarships later this year.
Alessandro Wright, civil engineering major at the University of Technology, was happy to be selected. "It means a lot because it will help out with my school expenses," he said.
And, Mabel Williams, whose grandson, Joaquin, got a scholarship, said. "I thank God for GraceKennedy Money Services and Western Union. We never expected this and it is the first that I am getting the help in this way so I am grateful for it," she said.
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